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Crystal Kolden, PhD

Fire Ecologist




I am a Certified Fire Ecologist and fire scientist with over 20 years of experience implementing GIS, remote sensing, and spatial analysis in fire ecology and management, including fire science research, education, and outreach. My background includes 2 years as a wildland firefighter.




2010 PhD Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA

2005 MS Geography, University of Nevada, Reno

1999 BA History, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY




Firefighter Type II, Fire Technical Specialist, Certified Fire Ecologist, ESRI/ArcGIS, ERDAS, ENVI, IDRISI, FARSITE, FLAMMAP, BEHAVEPlus, WindNinja, FireFamilyPlus, FIREMON



Assistant Professor of Geography and Certified Fire Ecologist

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho (August 2010 present)

 Conduct research and outreach in fire hazard analysis, wildland fire management and remote sensing of wildfire and vegetation

 Teach courses in fire, GIS, and remote sensing


Landscape Ecologist

US Geological Survey, Anchorage, Alaska (2007 2010)

 Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach in support of BLM, NPS, USFWS, and Alaska Fire Service fire management efforts


Research Assistant

Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nevada (2003-2006)

Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach.


Fire Ecologist

USDA Forest Service, Nevada City, California (2003-2006)

 Conducted geospatial fire and land management research and outreach in support of agency management objectives

 Taught courses in GIS and fire behavior modeling for fuel treatment effectiveness assessment


GIS Technician

Synergy Resource Solutions, Inc., Reno, Nevada (2001-2002)


Environmental Resource Information Specialist

Jones and Stokes Consulting, Inc. (2000-2001)


Wildland Firefighter

USDA Forest Service, Placerville, California (1999-2000)